Owner Builder Network
Building a new home can be a daunting task and even with experience or guidance there are always decisions that are hard to make. Just like Owner Builder Network (OBN) has developed a proven process to manage all the schedules and phases of a new home, we provide turnkey engineering to ensure the long-term performance of your foundation and framing. “Most” homeowners are not aware of foundation options and invariably select the most cost effective foundation which is a ground supported waffle slab or more commonly known as a slab-on-grade. This type of foundation system is typical for production builders and most likely to experience movement and/or foundation problems if not designed properly. Our methodology and initial consultation allows the homeowner to understand the value of what we feel will be the best foundation which will last a lifetime for the specific location. Until a soil test is performed and a foundation type has been chosen and designed, these costs will be unknown. A typical slab on grade without piers in favorable soil may cost $6/ft, however, this same foundation type may cost near $10/ft in highly expansive soil. We do not strive to be the cheapest Professional Engineering firm, but we do strive to design sustainable structures that will last a lifetime.
Literally after decades of experience building in North Texas soils we know when to specify soil remediation, injections, or simply eliminate soil conditions and structurally suspend the foundation system to remove expansive soil risk completely.